Monday, July 31, 2006

truth be told..........

I am a fair weather gardener. My hubby worked outside over the weekend, but not I.

Saturday we toured the Street of Dreams. Perhaps your city has a similar event. Builders participate and build luxurious homes which are furnished and decorated by participating companies who pay to have their products used and advertised. Admission fees go to architectural scholorships. We found our new home -- only 1.4 million -- unfurnished. It was an incredible turn of the century style, and we decided we could live very comfortably there. Now all we need to do is win the lottery. LOL

Went to see Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man's Chest yesterday. It was as much fun as all the hype predicted. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Then I movie binged. Failure to Launch, Nanny McPhee, What a Girl Wants, Rumor Has It and Just Like Heaven. I think Just Like Heaven was my favorite of those.

It was 104 degrees here today! What do you think I did? I stayed inside and worked on my story, of course. One quick run to the post office was enough exposure for me. There are heat advisories in effect. They are like tornado warnings or storm alerts, for those of you who don't have heat like this. Charitable organizations take bottled water downtown to the homeless, the Salvation Army opens their offices for people to come in and get cool and watch DVDs in the afternoon. People are encouraged to check on the elderly and keep their dogs indoors.

Weatherman predicts one more day of this heat before it cools off. Some cities are rationing water for lawns. Lemonade anyone?


  1. "Lemonade anyone?"...PLEASE!
    It's supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow. And, today isn't looking much better.
    Newport has some amazing events going on. Music festivals, tall ships, etc.
    I can't wait to see POTC 2. I also want to see Nanny McPhee.
    I am familiar with the heat warnings. I'm not going out unless absolutely necessary. It is very dangerous to be outside in this heat. Stay cool everybody! Stay indoors if you can! And read a book by RITA award winning author Cheryl St. John...*g*

  2. Actually Mel, the RITA went to Jodi Thomas. I'm sure it's well deserved.

    Best Traditional Romance
    Princess of Convenience by Marion Lennox
    Harlequin Books; Sheila Hodgson, editor

    Best Short Contemporary Romance
    The Marriage Miracle by Liz Fielding
    Harlequin Mills & Boon; Emma Dunford, editor

    Best Long Contemporary Romance
    Worth Every Risk by Dianna Love Snell
    Silhouette Books; Allison Lyons, editor

    Best Paranormal Romance
    Gabriel’s Ghost by Linnea Sinclair
    Bantam Books; Anna Groell, editor

    Best Inspirational Romance
    Heavens to Betsy by Beth Pattillo
    WaterBrook Press; Dudley Delffs, editor

    Best Romantic Novella
    “The Naked Truth about Guys” in The Naked Truth by Alesia Holliday
    Berkley Books; Cindy Hwang, editor

    Best First Book
    Show Her the Money by Stephanie Feagan
    Silhouette Books; Natashya Wilson, editor

    Best Regency Romance
    A Reputable Rake by Diane Gaston
    Harlequin Mills & Boon; Linda Fildew, editor

    Best Short Historical Romance
    The Texan’s Reward by Jody Thomas
    Berkley Books; Christine Zika, editor

    Best Long Historical Romance
    The Devil to Pay by Liz Carlyle
    Pocket Books; Lauren McKenna, editor

    Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
    Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel
    Ballantine Books; Linda Morrow, editor

    Best Romantic Suspense
    Survivor in Death by J.D. Robb
    Penguin Putnam; Leslie Gelbman, editor

    Best Contemporary Single Title
    Lakeside Cottage by Susan Wiggs
    MIRA Books; Margaret Marbury and Dianne Moggy, editors

  3. Mel, you are priceless! Love your sense of humor. Our preschool was viewing Nanny as a reward for good behavior on last day of summer program so it is my on list to watch. David is watching "Annapolis"-
    he's going to FAMU in Tallahassee
    on a Navy ROTC scholarship so would love to visit your tall ships. He is a history buff & enjoyed touring the Mary Rose & battleships on the Thames & Portsmouth, England when he was 11.
    I sweated in 85 degree sauna of a house last night so know about those weather advisories! Lemonade, tea, water, root beer, as long as it is COLD!! Have a farmer friend who only drinks beer
    twice a year; when he is spring planting or harvesting in heat like this; says it's the only thing to cut the dust. I'm taking a break to read A Seahorse in the Thames, Susan Meissner's 5th book (not a series.) Just put all Cheryl's signed books in a place of honor & easy access: my antique barrister's bookcase with Victoria Alexander's books. Remember that day of signing last fall, Cheryl?

  4. I remember. Did you note that she and I were both RITA nominees in the same category!

  5. My parent's went to the street of dreams last weekend. Those houses are gorgeous! We drive by them every so often.

  6. Wait..I thought you won the RITA, Cheryl? You'll always be an award winning author in my eyes!!
    No, Lucky, I'm clueless. And the heat has fried what's left of my brain. Tall ships are wicked cool.